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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NRA sparks outrage with ‘Target Practice’


The National Rifle Association’s magazine had the headline “Target Practice” over a photograph of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was almost killed during an assassination attempt in 2011. Ali Velshi is joined by Speaker Pelosi’s daughter, Christine Pelosi, to discuss why those two words are sparking outrage.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So well said.

The Coming G.O.P. Apocalypse
Stumbling blind into the age of diversity.

David Brooks
By David Brooks
Opinion Columnist

For much of the 20th century, young and old people voted pretty similarly. The defining gaps in our recent politics have been the gender gap (women preferring Democrats) and the education gap. But now the generation gap is back, with a vengeance.

This is most immediately evident in the way Democrats are sorting themselves in their early primary preferences. A Democratic voter’s race, sex or education level doesn’t predict which candidate he or she is leaning toward, but age does.

In one early New Hampshire poll, Joe Biden won 39 percent of the vote of those over 55, but just 22 percent of those under 35, trailing Bernie Sanders. Similarly, in an early Iowa poll, Biden won 41 percent of the oldster vote, but just 17 percent of the young adult vote, placing third, behind Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

As Ronald Brownstein pointed out in The Atlantic, older Democrats prefer a more moderate candidate who they think can win. Younger Democrats prefer a more progressive candidate who they think can bring systemic change.

The generation gap is even more powerful when it comes to Republicans. To put it bluntly, young adults hate them.

In 2018, voters under 30 supported Democratic House candidates over Republican ones by an astounding 67 percent to 32 percent. A 2018 Pew survey found that 59 percent of millennial voters identify as Democrats or lean Democratic, while only 32 percent identify as Republicans or lean Republican.

The difference is ideological. According to Pew, 57 percent of millennials call themselves consistently liberal or mostly liberal. Only 12 percent call themselves consistently conservative or mostly conservative. This is the most important statistic in American politics right now.

Recent surveys of Generation Z voters (those born after 1996) find that, if anything, they are even more liberal than millennials.

In 2002, John B. Judis and Ruy Teixeira wrote a book called “The Emerging Democratic Majority,” which predicted electoral doom for the G.O.P. based on demographic data. That prediction turned out to be wrong, or at least wildly premature.

The authors did not foresee how older white voters would swing over to the Republican side and the way many assimilated Hispanics would vote like non-Hispanic whites. The failure of that book’s predictions has scared people off from making demographic forecasts.

But it’s hard to look at the generational data and not see long-term disaster for Republicans. Some people think generations get more conservative as they age, but that is not borne out by the evidence. Moreover, today’s generation gap is not based just on temporary intellectual postures. It is based on concrete, lived experience that is never going to go away.

Unlike the Silent Generation and the boomers, millennials and Gen Z voters live with difference every single day. Only 16 percent of the Silent Generation is minority, but 44 percent of the millennial generation is. If you are a millennial in California, Texas, Florida, Arizona or New Jersey, ethnic minorities make up more than half of your age cohort. In just over two decades, America will be a majority-minority country.

Young voters approve of these trends. Seventy-nine percent of millennials think immigration is good for America. Sixty-one percent think racial diversity is good for America.

They have constructed an ethos that is mostly about dealing with difference. They are much more sympathetic to those who identify as transgender. They are much more likely than other groups to say that racial discrimination is the main barrier to black progress. They are much less likely to say the U.S. is the best country in the world.

These days the Republican Party looks like a direct reaction against this ethos — against immigration, against diversity, against pluralism. Moreover, conservative thought seems to be getting less relevant to the America that is coming into being.

Matthew Continetti recently identified the key blocs on the new right in an essay in The Washington Free Beacon. These included the Jacksonians (pugilistic populists), the Paleos (Tucker Carlson-style economic nationalists), the Post-Liberals (people who oppose pluralism and seek a return to pre-Enlightenment orthodoxy). To most young adults, these tendencies will look like cloud cuckooland.

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The most burning question for conservatives should be: What do we have to say to young adults and about the diverse world they are living in? Instead, conservative intellectuals seem hellbent on taking their 12 percent share among the young and turning it to 3.

There is a conservative way to embrace pluralism and diversity. It’s to point out that there is a deep strain of pessimism in progressive multiculturalism: blacks and whites will never really understand each other; racism is endemic; the American project is fatally flawed; American structures are so oppressive, the only option is to burn them down.

A better multiculturalism would be optimistic: We can communicate across difference; the American creed is the right recipe for a thick and respectful pluralism; American structures are basically sound and can be realistically reformed.

So far that’s not visible. My mentor William F. Buckley vowed to stand athwart history yelling “Stop!” Today’s Republicans don’t even seem to see the train that is running them over.

The social conservatives that have jerked the Republican party to the far right, and into becoming a mouthpiece for big oil, are on the wrong side of history.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

California Rep. Hunter's wife may have flipped on him in corruption case
Andrew RomanoWest Coast Correspondent,Yahoo News•June 13, 20191,096 Comments

When Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., was indicted in August 2018 on 60 criminal counts alleging that he spent more than $250,000 in campaign donations on luxury trips, tequila shots, Costco shopping sprees and other personal items, his first reaction was to blame his wife.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hypocracy 101... this is the guy that yelled at the state of the union liar to obama...

and now he is claiming the repukes were always respectful to dems presidents.

oh they forgot impeachment of clinton and 6 years of investigations. and those were such high crimes vs all the trump ones. dumb as a rock party.

Scalise claims Republicans never 'disrespected' Obama's office. He's lying his ass off, of course

Let's dispense with this quickly, because House Minority Whip Steve Scalise isn't pretending to be serious about this or anything else: He rose to power by being one of the most shameless hacks in the Republican House, a very high bar in a party that has gone crooked from top to bottom and has nothing of even the smallest value left in it be saved.

"We had disagreements with a lot of Barack Obama’s policies, but we never disrespected the office," a gaslighting and insincere Scalise sniffled Tuesday morning. "I called him president of the United States as we all did. If he asked us to go meet with him at the White House, we went. We expressed our disagreements in a respectful way, but what they continue to do to go after him personally"—and we can stop right there, because that's already pegged the bullshit meter, and none of us have had enough coffee to deal with even one more noun or verb or preposition or burping noise from him.

Let us run down the list very, very quickly. House Republicans, of which Scalise is consigliere by virtue of his own shamelessness, shouted, "You lie!" during an official presidential address by President Obama to Congress.
House Republicans publicly said that Obama, who was born in Hawaii, should be sent "back to Kenya"; a Colorado member of their delegation called him a "tar baby." This was all in the midst of an extended, unendingly peddled Republican conspiracy claiming that President Barack Obama, the first nonwhite American to ever hold the office, was not actually even an American citizen at all, and therefore not the "legitimate" president.

The most prominent pusher of this particular theory used it as launching point for his own successful Republican presidential campaign. His ass is parked on an Oval Office chair as we speak.

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